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Feb 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
nuclear program. >>> environmentalists hope up solar power as a shining example of renewable energy but competition clouded the outlook for people who make polar panels. executives at a japanese firm have their operations elsewhere in an effort to be more efficient. more from nhk world's chikashi takaoka. >> reporter: the factory started shipping home use solar panels on thursday. output will eventually reach some 3 million units a year. demand for solar power is rising rap rapidly, especially in japan and europe. greater awareness of energy conservation is one factor. programs to facilitate trade in solar and other renewable energy have also helped. but price competition is intensifying. china is the world's biggest maker of solar panels. chinese manufacturers have cut their prices aggressively, putting foreign rivals under pressure. price cutting is the major factor of solar panel industry. in factory in malaysia is expected to reduce the cost of production by 20%. until now, pan sannic produced the key component the solar cells in japan and assembled the panels overseas. by sbeg grat
PBS
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
panel is proposing some key ideas that could potentially transform japan's energy policy. nhk world's susuma kojima has more on this story. >> reporter: after a yearlong debate, the panel presented its report to the government. >> translator: the government must successfully overhaul the electricity system to live up to the people's expectations. >> reporter: japan's energy supply system remains a monopoly. ten regional utilities control forced generation and transmission. they operate independently and rarely provide power to one another. the utility companies have maintained this is the best way to secure a stable power supply. but the nuclear disaster exposed vulnerabilities in this approach. tokyo electric power company failed to provide enough power to compensate for the loss of fukushima. there were rolling blackouts in the capital. public confidence eroded. in response, the former government set up the reform panel. friday's report included three main recommendations. one, increase competition by bringing new generators to the market by 2016. two, set up an organization
PBS
Feb 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
major rethink of japan's energy policy in july, the government introduced a system called the feed in tariff which allows people to sell renewable energy to power companies at a fixed price. investors have rushed in to take advantage of this new market. workers in southern japan started work this week on one what will be one of the largest solar plants. it extends over 1 million square meters. the site was purchased 30 years ago in hopes to build a petrochemical complex. a recession foiled their plan. last october, they announced a new man to go solar. they are hoping switch on the plant in april of next year. they project it will produce enough energy to power 30,000 households. >> translator: we would like to promote renewable energy and we would like to help cover power shortages in the region. so we want to contribute to the power supply. >> government officials say as of november, companies have been working on nearly 500 solar projects, each of them capable of powering at least 250 homes. earlier, i spoke about nhk world's reporter who has been covering environmental issues and
PBS
Feb 1, 2013 6:30pm PST
of this quiet, bilateral meetings may produce some sort of agreement. then the global energy policy featured big today. why so big on day one? >> it turns out both of the main sessions today were about economic issues. one focused on the future of the eurozone crisis, and the other on oil and gas bonanza in the u.s. basically the question of for acting -- of fracking. people here admit it is undoubtedly a boon for the u.s. that it will soon be energy independent. one of the world's biggest exporters of gas. the fact is people are also concerned in munich that that may mean that the u.s. will be less engaged with the middle east and on middle eastern issues. u.s. officials here were at pains to deny that. there was then also a lot of talk about competitiveness and weather this u.s. oil and gas bonanza will increase its competitiveness, particularly in manufacturing industries, possibly to the detriment of europe. competitiveness and the economy being recognized here as important factors on the security front as well. >> protests in egypt have again turn violent. opponents of the isla
PBS
Feb 5, 2013 6:30pm PST
industry here -- steel, cement, chemical plants -- they all use tremendous amounts of energy generated from burning coal. >> china burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined, and that is ruining the environment here. modern, clean coal plants like this one meet strict standards, but they are few and far between. >> local governments have always looked the other way. many power companies are also the largest tax payers for that region, and an important part of the local economy. politicians do not dare metal with their businesses. we have the laws and environmental standards, but they are not enforced. >> economic growth has been the number one priority in china, but an increase in living standards has been increase in pollution. having a car has been an important status symbol for the rising chinese middle-class. beijing alone has 5.2 million cars. people here are sick of the smog. long lines form in front of beijing as the hospitals. there's been a jump in cases of respiratory ailments. children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. >> of course i'm wor
PBS
Feb 8, 2013 6:30pm PST
, energy, transport, but also scientific research will be reduced. also, eu officials will see pay slightly reduced, which means that a key demand by great britain's prime minister david cameron has been met. agriculture subsidies are also taking a slight head, but overall, they are still the biggest chunk of eu spending. >> some analysts already say this budget means less europe. what are you hearing at the summit? >> it became clear from the start that eu leaders to come here to these tough negotiations in brussels defending their own national interests, and, of course, the european parliament is not happy with the proposal on the table now. they are saying that the brunt of the cut is happening in areas that are future oriented. much disagreeing with what the european council president has said. they said we would be more spending in areas that could potentially boost the economy or create jobs and foster european integration, so the european parliament has already said that the real negotiations will start now, and that means that we are still very far from an idea. >> thanks v
PBS
Feb 6, 2013 7:00pm PST
year's them is eco friendly and energy savings. over 180 led lanterns made out of discarded plastic bottles are on display. it will last until february 24th. you can still see the mixed precipitation lingering across the region where that video came out from. it will be clearing out for the weekend. do enjoy that beautiful lantern sight. the temperatures will the dipping down there. about 2 degrees for the high. do bundle up if you're going to go out and about. tokyo we're looking at 14 degrees. that's ten degrees higher. combined with the very chilly winds it's going to be northwesterly winds. it's going to be making you feel much colder than the actual digits. here in america the topic here for today is this, across the deep south we have the system that will be moving through the area igniting some severe thunderstorms. could be possible which could ignite and capable of unleashing hail. this system develops as it travels to the east. merges with another storm system which is already bringing 20 centimeters of snowfall. it will be bringing historical level of blizzard and winter
PBS
Feb 3, 2013 6:00pm PST
not have an effect. >> a word on the secretary of state. >> i have enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused. i am very fortunate. looking for to this next chapter in my life. >> hillary clinton, outgoing secretary of state. but chapter would that be? >> i think it is the resurrection. this is someone who left the presidential campaign bruising, and to see her potentially eight years later as the overwhelming front runner for the democratic nomination, is a remarkable comeback. >> john kerry approve for secretary of state. what are his greatest challenges? >> remaining consistent with the administration's policy. that he does not go out on his own to make his own policy. i do not see him performing the way hillary clinton performed. she was part of a team. he has wanted this job for so long. i think he will be a problem. >> i wonder if they are worried about hillary clinton. you see how great her presence has been, what a successful secretary of state she has been. any time some conservatives can, they want to take a knife to her throat, and she always turned
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